5 Free Apps For Making Better To-Do Lists

If you're lost without your daily list and love crossing off every minute detail of your day, look no further than these free apps for making a list on your other BFF: your smartphone.

Wunderlist (Android and iOS)

If your daily list looks like long division, Wunderlist organizes, sub-sorts and syncs the insanity. Turn forwarded emails into actions, and share campaigns with teammates and find out who's working on what project.

Swipes (iOS)

This one's for the tactile minimalist: Simply make a list and swipe tasks away as you complete them. Snooze the ones you want to put off for later, or reschedule, blissfully, to procrastinate for another day.

Remindus (Android)

When it all becomes too much to tackle, start delegating! Create a task, assign it to a connection (a significant other or a child, perhaps?) and get notified when they complete it. Follow-up alerts bump the nag factor up to 11.

Finish (iOS)

This app is a year old--created by teenagers and launched last year--but it's grown up fast, winning a 2013 Apple Design Award and 50,000 downloads. Finish released their 2.0 as "freemium" last week, with the option to upgrade for more functionality. Arranged items in short or long-term priority and check them off with a swipe.

Todoist (Android and iOS)

Todoist aims to sync your whole life in list-form. It combines the features of the above apps--reminders, collaborating, sharing notifications, plus charts that visualize your progress--into one product that spans mobile and desktop platforms. The recent "Next" update opens up data syncing to free users.

5 Free Apps For Making Better To-Do Lists

We get it: To-do lists are kind of your best friend. So, you'll be happy to know about these five free apps that are all about making lists with your other BFF: your smartphone.

If you're lost without your daily to-do list and love crossing off every minute detail of your day, this edition of Free App Friday is for you.

As always, while they're free now, we can't guarantee how long they'll last--so don't wait too long.

Wunderlist (Android and iOS)

If your daily list looks like long division, Wunderlist organizes, sub-sorts and syncs the insanity. Turn forwarded emails into actions, share campaigns with teammates, and find out who's working on what project.

Swipes (iOS)

This one's for the tactile minimalist: Simply make a list and swipe tasks away as you complete them. Snooze the ones you want to put off for later, or reschedule, blissfully, to procrastinate for another day.

Remindus (Android)

When it all becomes too much to tackle, start delegating! Create a task, assign it to a connection (a significant other or a child, perhaps?), and get notified when they complete it. Follow-up alerts bump the nag factor up to 11.

Finish (iOS)

This app is a year old--created by teenagers and launched last year--but it's grown up fast, winning a 2013 Apple Design Award and garnering 50,000 downloads. Finish released their 2.0 as "freemium" last week, with the option to upgrade for more functionality. Arrange items in short or long-term priority and check them off with a swipe.

Todoist (Android and iOS)

Todoist aims to sync your whole life in list-form. It combines the features of the above apps--reminders, collaborating, sharing notifications, plus charts that visualize your progress--into one product that spans mobile and desktop platforms. The recent "Next" update opens up data syncing to free users.

Now, if only we could add "hanging out with their badass developers and designers" from the video below to our to-do list:

[Image: Flickr user Bark]

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  • You need to seriously take a look at IQTell. I phaffed about for way too long trying to look for the best productivity app... Nothing comes close to what IQTell offers.

    If you are a GTD fan, then it incorporates this perfectly. Even Sync your emails, contacts, evernote, etc so everything in one place saving you additional time. Convert emails to tasks, have sub tasks, manage projects, prospects, Store passwords, ideas, the list is endless. Best part of it is... Each category mentioned (and lots more) can all be fully customised for specific needs if you need more out of it.

    I have actually started using it as a CRM too.

  • I need task lists to organize everything that I have going on and have tried many methods over many years. I've found one that is far more effective for the way that I think: DropTask.

    All task managers handle task lists and have slightly better features than others. What I like about DropTask is the visual presentation of grouped tasks. At a glance I can evaluate from top down the priorities I have and make sure that nothing is left unattended. For instance in my work group I have a number of clients. While I'll have tasks of varying priorities and dates within each just seeing all of them mapped in one place ensures that nothing slips my mind.

    I'm not a DropTask employee, just a fan.